The Douglas Archives

A collection of historical and genalogical records

This year sees the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden Field.

The 1513 clash between the English and Scottish armies resulted in a catastrophic defeat for the Scots, the death of their king, James IV, and the end of their country as a major, independent power.

The northern kingdom never recovered from the disaster and within a century, the two crowns were unified, forming a link between the countries that remains unbroken – although, the quincentenary does comes just a year before a referendum on Scottish independence which could yet reverse those centuries old developments.

Among the ten thousand Scottish dead were all the leading men in the kingdom of Scotland, and there was no family of importance that had not lost a member in this great disaster. The “King’s Stone,” said to mark the spot where James was killed, is at some distance from the actual battlefield.

Scottish dead included twelve earls, fifteen lords, many clan chiefs an archbishop and above all King James himself. It is said that every great family in Scotland mourned the loss of someone at the Battle of Flodden. The dead were remembered in the famous Scottish pipe tune The Flowers of the Forest. 

See also:

Views: 100

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of The Douglas Archives to add comments!

Join The Douglas Archives

Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?


© 2019   Created by William Douglas.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service